Two time NZV8 Champion Andy Booth and the AV8 Motorsport racing team have just made the announcement that together they will enter at least one car in the new V8 SuperTourer series due to reach NZ race tracks in February 2012. Booth is excited about getting behind the wheel of one of the new, purpose built, 7 litre monsters and being part of the new motorsport class.
“This is the most exciting development in New Zealand motorsport since I began racing 20 years ago” said Booth from Auckland’s North Shore.
“After a decade competing in the NZV8 series, including 2 championship wins, we are ready for a further challenge, something new, and SuperTourers is exactly the right thing at the right time for New Zealand motorsport. These cars are faster, the racing will be more exciting, but most importantly, future proofed.”
The inaugural V8 SuperTourer series will run from February through to October 2012 at tracks around New Zealand. The custom built “control” chassis’ have been designed similar to an Australian V8 Supercar, and are powered by fuel injected 7 litre V8 engines with fly by wire technology. The chassis easily allows fitment of new exterior body panels as the relevant road car designs evolve, and has the potential to accommodate other brands and body styles in the future. The first series will be dressed in either Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon bodies.
Booth and AV8 Motorsport business partner Wayne ‘Jacko” Anderson have been directly involved in the creation of the new racing category, the brain child of Anderson and fellow touring car stalwarts Mark Petch and Garry Pedersen. The prototype SuperTourer car, to be used for initial track testing and development for the series, is currently taking shape in the AV8 Motorsport workshops in West Auckland and is due to hit the track for the first time in the coming weeks.
Production chassis’s for the race series are due to arrive with teams later this year and Booth say’s he’d be keen to replicate the multi-car operation AV8 has traditionally run in the NZV8s. “We have an order for 1 new VE Commodore Supertourer chassis and are currently evaluating options to run an additional car…or cars for the right drivers”
The focus is not all to the future though with the final round of the current NZV8 Championship taking place on the streets of Hamilton next weekend as part of the ITM400. Andy Booth and the AV8 Motorsport prepared Rock Fm Commodore currently sit 4th on the points ladder and a strong run at Hamilton may just see them elevated into the top 3 in the final standings.